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The 2020 Fall French Open is in the history books! Iga Swiatek and Rafael Nadal swept through their respective fields on their ways to historic title runs in Paris. For Nadal, it was his 13th time lifting the Coupe des Mousquetaires, while Swiatek blitzed her way to a first Slam title, both efforts coming without the loss of a set. We go through most of the matches from week two that led to the weekend’s coronations, push back against the idea that the younger men are just “happy to be there,” and try to get to the bottom of why so many folks do not like Sofia Kenin. We finish the 2020 Grand Slam season with a dramatic reading of a captivating Danielle Collins moment.   4:00 Rafa wins his 13th at Roland Garros without losing a set 19:15 Fedal and the record books 26:00 Next Gen isn't breaking through quite yet, but not for lack of trying 37:25 Fly Like an Iga: the 19-year-old Swiatek stuns the women's draw 46:10 Flourishing without the benefit of wild cards 52:20 Why is Sonya Kenin so polarizing? 68:05 Mladenovic/Babos overcome coronadversity to win doubles; Jelena Djokovic and Neil Harman, partners in grievance; will FoxTenn Real Bounce be the solution? 81:50 Dramatic Reading: in which no grace was given
Welcome to our mid-Roland Garros 2020 dispatch. Those sounds you may have heard over the last few days were those of players often being loud and wrong. We’ve got a fairly predictable final eight on the men’s side, while the women’s draw has turned out some truly shocking yet inspiring results. We dive into the latest Zverev mess, Novak’s quip, Hawkeye misinformation, Sara’s cursing, retiring players before they’re ready, and finish with a rant on calling Naomi’s man her “rapper boyfriend.” Who’s deserving of being told to kick rocks and eat dirt?   5:00 A lot of surprises in the men's draw, but the quarterfinals are still pretty standard 10:30 Sooo many first-time third rounders on the men's side 14:40 Zverev has a fever. Oh? 27:50 Women's draw: Swiatek destroys the clear tournament favorite, among many surprises 32:30 Errani loses the match and her mind as Bertens cramps 44:00 Damn, it's tough to be an umpire these days: the HawkEye saga 56:20 Keep your saliva in your mouth; keep your dad in his seat 59:40 Et ceteras: don't retire players before they're ready 65:20 Why are we still telling players how to schedule and whom to date, during a pandemic?
Roland Garros 2020 is upon us, en automne, barely two weeks after the US Open and perhaps against better judgment. But what happen-ed happen-ed and here we are in Paris. The cool, damp conditions will likely produce grinding and unpredictable tennis, which has made predictions futile. The best predictor is how players have fared so far during the restarted season. In addition to the draw preview, we've got a few Covid updates, several messes to check in on, and a Dramatic Reading full of Canadian Content.   0:30 Against all odds, Roland Garros is happening 4:50 Men's draw preview: who will benefit from these tough conditions? Rafa gets Thiem, Djoko gets Tsitsipas/Meddy/Berrettini 19:00 We both failed probability but no, Virginia, the draw's not rigged 28:20 Women's draw preview: for the first time in a while, there's a clear favorite (but her road's not easy) 37:20 Women's bottom half - what to expect of Pliskova's health? Will someone other than Simona win her third Slam here? 42:15 Covid updates: spectator limit reduced to 1000 per day; Paire is in, but Verdasco is out 47:10 Buckle up for lots of commentator talk about weather and new balls 52:50 An enduring, recurring mess by Boris Becker 55:35 Dramatic Reading, a tribute to the trap king of Vaughan, Ontario, Canada
It wasn’t that long ago that we didn’t think we would -- or should -- have any tennis for the rest of 2020. Now, here we are recapping the final week of a fanless U.S. Open. Naomi Osaka and Dominic Thiem are your champions, a third Slam triumph for Naomi and a first at last for someone not named Federer, Djokovic, or Nadal. We cover the matches of week two leading up to the finals, as well as so much of the commentary and discourse surrounding the tournament. Sadly, and maddeningly, the commentariat simply did not meet the moment. All this and more on our Bubble Wrap!   02:02 Mariah saves the day: Jonathan has a word for the haters 10:20 The road to the women's final 20:38 Naomi Osaka wins her 3rd Slam title, against a reborn Vika 30:27 Naomi starts a conversation, the commentators have no clue how to talk about it 46:08 The sloppy path to the men's final? 52:07 The "low quality" of the men's matches doesn't exist in a vacuum 59:54 What to make of the men's final   65:18 Moments that made us cringe 78:14 Moments of levity: things we enjoyed from the fortnight 81:59 Dramatic Reading: Serena (out of nowhere) shades tf out of ______.
We knew it would be an unusual first week of the US Open. It started with Benoit Paire's positive test, and continued with the double bubble regulations and warring health departments. We got non-stop drama surrounding Kiki Mladenovic's singles loss and last-minute ejection from the doubles draw. But no one was prepared for the default of the undefeated #1 seed Novak Djokovic after hitting a line judge with a ball. Nostalgic for five-set collapses and parent-coach-player psychodramas? Oh, we still have those too.   0:30 Djokovic defaulted in the 4th round 9:15 Highlights of the men's first week: Felix grows up, Tsitsipas melts down 18:00 Three Canadian men in the second week of a Slam, a first! 26:00 Women's side: Rogers and Brady stun, Pironkova parachutes in to torture your faves, and Vika gets that Vika mojo back 41:20 Some thoughts on Sloane-Serena 49:45 Benoit and the original 10 - a double bubble and a not-quite-double bubble 53:40 Kiki does not love the US Open 59:10 Inconsistency, jurisdiction issues, and a lack of transparency 70:10 Thoughts on Djokovic's statement  
This week saw many major stories come and go until one stuck: the breaking away of Novak Djokovic and others from the ATP Player Council to start a separate player association (not a union btw). Before that, we saw Naomi Osaka's solitary act of resistance stop the tennis world in its tracks; a strange and troubling end to Sakkari-Serena; the rebirth of Victoria Azarenka; and the rebranding of Milos Raonic as widely beloved. Oh yeah, and the US Open preview.   2:30 American sports react to the shooting of Jacob Blake 9:15 Naomi Osaka announces that she won't play her Cincinnati semifinal to draw attention to BLM 16:30 "Shut up and dribble" doesn't work in tennis, especially women's tennis 20:50 Meanwhile, the Western & Southern Open is happening under strange circumstances - Vika's resurgence 24:45 Milos Raonic: new hair, new thighs, new me 28:20 The bizarre end to Serena Williams-Maria Sakkari 33:50 The girl who cried wolf 39:15 Friday night news dump: Djokovic and others break away from the ATP Player Council to form the Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA) 53:30 Federer, Nadal, et al send a letter with some ... concerns (and some very good questions) 63:20 So what about women tennis players? #TennisUnited am I right 71:00 Oh, the US Open is happening in like two days? 
Tennis has resumed in the US and Europe as the pandemic rages on. We catch up on a few weeks' worth of news, including: recent title winners Brady, Ferro, and Halep; early life in the Cincy/NY "bubble"; the non-sensical ramblings of vaccine skeptics and conspiracy theorists; and that Novak interview. We close with a tribute to two titans of 20th century tennis, who contributed even more off-court than they did on: Bob Ryland and Angela Buxton.    1:40 WTA site adds pronunciation guide - let’s try again,fail again, fail better 3:40 Tennis returns in Palermo, then Prague - Ferro is your first title winner of the resumed 2020 season 7:45 Lexington’s Top Seed Open gets a field they didn’t expect; thoughts on Venus’ new game, plus Coco, Serena, Vika, Jil, Ons, and Jenn 22:30 First-time titlist Jennifer Brady sweeps her side of the draw 25:00 Welcome to the bubble    37:55 The NYT interview with Djokovic - ehrm, um, how do we put this  46:15 Virologists and physicians are great and all - but let’s listen to vaccine-skeptic conspiracy theorists instead; also known as Occam’s Checkered Head Band 56:45 US Open:who’s in, who’s out 60:45 How are the rankings going to work this year? 63:15 Tributes to the late, great Bob Ryland and Angela Buxton
We are back from hiatus to bring you an episode that we have been working on for months, one that serves as a continuation of our previous dive into Pre-Open Era tennis. With tennis players now able to earn a living while also competing against the best at all the tournaments, we follow the development of the WTA Tour after its inception, the persistent struggles for equality over the decades, and the players who played major roles in making it happen.   04:02 Why do this episode now? 07:21 Cultural context for equal prize money and conditions under which movement arose 20:25 Tennis at the onset of the Open Era & the emergence of the women’s tour 37:51 Chris Evert emerges at the exact right time for women’s tennis 43:43 The WTA takes off; the women take Wimbledon to task 57:42 What were the arguments back then surrounding equal pay? 71:08 Ebbs and flows in the 80s and 90s, but the fight continues 83:00 Wimbledon’s decades-long petty misogyny against EPM 97:20 Our cautions and takeaways from this episode
We've just had the pleasure of chatting with the legendary Zina Garrison, gold medalist in Seoul, 3-time major mixed doubles champ, and the 1990 Wimbledon runner-up. Zina chats about her origins in tennis, shares her experience as a black woman in a very white sport, and takes us through some of the highlights of a great career. As Zina herself says, "Zina doesn't say much but when she does . . . " -- well, you listen.  4:10 Our chat with Lady Z 8:50 Zina takes us through her introduction to tennis, the first all-black WTA final (with Lori McNeil), and getting a kick out of her own record against Martina Navratilova  18:00 That Monica Seles flowers incident (lol) and beating Chris Evert in her final match 22:00 Zina's 1990 Wimbledon run, 30 years later 26:00 "Now people can't say those things didn't happen" - how Black Lives Matter has shone a light on inequality in tennis 34:10 Althea Gibson as more than just an icon 38:00 So ... about the wiggle 41:00 The game since Zina retired - who's she watching now?
Well folks, this is not how we envisioned bringing up our double century, but here we are! Truly, we never imagined still being here, and we owe you everything for your support in making it happen. Now, the ATP men remain a hot mess, and it’s the latest round of shenanigans that bring us to your ears today. We're bringing you our thoughts on the Adria Tour Covid collapse (crazy that it feels like old news now), plus Zverev’s very public dumbassery and the doughnut chronicles between an out-of-pocket Boris Becker and his target, Nick Kyrgios.    4:00 A brief diversion to celebrate our double century, on cricket legend Brian Lara 7:00 Adria Tour results in several players testing positive for COVID-19 19:40 Fandom has made this conversation all but impossible 30:15 Blame game between players, coaches, Djokovic's dad, heads of state 32:30 Dominic Thiem, king of obliviousness 34:45 Alexander Zverev spotted acting the fool, stans jump ship 42:25 We're in trouble because managing this pandemic requires people caring about others 48:15 A dramatic reading of The Doughnut Chronicles, starring Boris Becker and Nick Kyrgios
So ... anything interesting happen lately? This week, tennis has swiftly put itself back together again, introducing an ambitious summer/fall schedule that includes the US Open, Roland Garros, and smaller tournaments on three continents, with nary a week of rest in between. We discuss the risks, the stakeholder concerns, and the simple WTF of the US Open's bombastic announcement. Because it's Pride month, we also address the sorry state of content coming from the tennis institutions and how it can be done better.  2:30 US Open is going full steam ahead  11:50 USTA trusts players to be "judicious" and careful about public safety ... where is the evidence tho 22:30 Novak Djokovic continues to take L after L after L  30:00 Revised WTA and ATP schedules: Quarantine? Never heard of her 40:30 Revisiting the 2018 US Open trophy ceremony- does it read differently now? 57:10 Venus Williams turns 40! Also, what is Tennis Majors? 60:35 Tennis United and the general failure of tennis orgs to confront LGBTQ issues and racism
The past few weeks have felt like a watershed moment in confronting anti-black racism across the US & the world. Tennis is not impervious to this. Players like Naomi Osaka, Coco Gauff, and Sloane Stephens have stepped forward as key leaders and activists in a moment when this sport truly needs them. Beyond tennis, we talk about the larger movement for transformative justice and the destruction of systemic racism in the U.S. The non-tennis stuff begins around the 1-hour mark.   2:40 A timeline: how did we get to the present moment? 6:45 How has tennis responded? Naomi & Coco assert themselves 15:50 Venus, Serena, and faith; Frances Tiafoe, Sloane Stephens, Sachia Vickery, Taylor Townsend 27:00 We expect a lot of black players - but what about non-black players? What say the Big 4? 36:45 Look over there! The Art of Distraction by Lisa Raymond and her side Kiick; Chanda Rubin sets her Twitter fingers to stun  44:30 An example of how to move toward allyship: is Chris Evert becoming the Jane Fonda of tennis? 48:55 What to make of Alexis Ohanian relinquishing his seat on the Reddit Board? 54:45 Our comment on Courtney Nguyen's apology for past use of transphobic language 63:50 The non-tennis section of the episode - how the current anti-racist movement is a reaction to centuries of structural & state-enforced racism in the US 70:35 What does "defund the police" mean? Well, a few different things
Welcome to our second ever Zoom session - The Remix, where we take listener questions, talk about Dominic Thiem's unfortunate comments and clarifications on those comments, and the larger inequities built into professional tennis. There's not much actual tennis news to talk about, so kick back and enjoy a much more relaxed Body Serve chat. 2:15 Catching up with player social media exploits: Venus, Naomi & Stef, Nick & Andy 7:25 The Dominic Thiem controversy - how to support lower-ranked players and how to answer this question better 11:15 The Ines Ibbou video response sheds light on the inequalities built into international tennis 18:30 This is bigger than Dominic! Bootstraps individualism and tennis' flawed governance 29:15 The WTA/ATP have announced how they will distribute player relief money 33:55 Merger updates 46:40 Please indulge us while we play a "newlywed game," guessing each other's favorite stuff & more 64:00 Live questions - which results would you reverse? Will tennis resume before a vaccine is available? 
The Body Serve is back with a tennis-free episode meant to entertain you during these trying times. We've broken this rather long episode into three parts: 1) trending topics, in which we take up a few non-COVID-related topics that have grabbed our interest recently; 2) TV talk, which is just us having fun talking about the long list of TV series we've been watching; and finally, 3) Body Serve and Soul, our first crack at an audio advice column, answering five questions submitted by listeners. Sending everyone our best wishes and strength while we all do our best to make it through this mess.   Part One: Trending Topics 2:45 Do you remember how messed up Tyra's shows were? Twitter does 10:20 A conversation about "cancel culture," how powerful it is, and who actually deserves it 22:30 Verzuz battles: who would we pick? 29:15 What is going on with Karens and Chads across America?! Part Two: TV Talk - *Warning: spoilers ahead for Hollywood and How to Get Away With Murder (the other series are mostly safe from spoilers) 35:00 Hollywood on Netflix 40:00 Shows we enjoy: We're Here, Normal People, Little Fires Everywhere 51:20 Real Housewives of Atlanta does its first online reunion 55:40 Insecure looks at a friendship in decline 61:40 RuPaul's Drag Race 67:00 The Good Fight, Upload, Never Have I Ever, and the finale of How To Get Away With Murder Part Three: Body Serve and Soul, our advice column  79:40 We answer listener questions on relationships, love, social media, and quarantine issues
This week, we attempted our very first live show on Zoom. We recorded a live TBS episode covering the bizarre news of the past week or so (think vaccines, mergers, missteps), and followed that up with some games and live Q&A. Thanks to the folks who joined in, contributed to the live chat, and submitted questions. If you weren't able to make it, here's the entire session along with a quick intro.  0:30 Intro - the fandoms had quite a week, huh? 8:30 TBS Live: starting with Roger Federer's bombshell tweet on ATP/WTA merger 18:30 Billie Jean weighs in: "The WTA on its own was always Plan B" 26:05 Novak's no good very bad week 37:00 ND clarified: I said what I said 40:00 Tennis powers announce a $6 million player support fund 49:15 A live F-Marry-Kill from @SholzTalks10s 53:00 Name the Tennis Player 55:20 A live mailbag from the Zoom live chat - starting with best player social media accounts 59:30 Who benefits the most and least from the suspension of tennis? 75:30 Flukiest Slam champ of the century? 
While tennis remains on hiatus, we're diving back into the history of tennis by highlighting some fascinating players you may not be familiar with. We look at: Ora Washington, one of the premier women athletes of the 20th century, ignored and overlooked even in her own sport; Richard Russell, Jamaican tennis icon; Ruia Morrison, the Maori trailblazer finally getting her due in her 80s; and the Amritraj tennis family, major stars in India, but who we wanted to learn more about.   0:30 Another Body Serve special presentation - what choice do we have? 3:00 Ora Washington, of whom Arthur Ashe said in 1988, "she may have been the best female athlete ever" 13:20 While dominating tennis, Washington decides to dominate basketball as well 19:30 Richard Russell puts Jamaican tennis on the map 37:50 Ruia Morrison, pioneering Maori tennis star 46:30 The Amritraj family, Indian sporting dynasty
What do you know about Zina Garrison? We undertook this episode because we knew we didn’t know enough. Zina Garrison is often seen as a bridge between Althea Gibson and the Williams sisters, a trailblazer along with Lori McNeil; but, we want to spend some time highlighting her own accomplished career and electrifying game. We look at Garrison’s unique story and ask what it tells us about tennis history and where we are now. With the benefit of hindsight, how do we view Zina differently in 2020 than journalists did in 1985? How do we situate her achievements? And why doesn’t the tennis world -- including us, up until a few days ago -- know more about Zina Garrison?   0:30 What we hope to accomplish with this episode and what our reservations are 6:10 Zina’s resume - gold medal, 14 titles, Wimbledon runner-up 10:10 Zina’s origins - Houston, Texas baby 14:00 What did her game look like? The speed, volleys, slice, overhead, and the wiggle 22:15 Wimbledon 1990, a run for the ages: Zina beats Sukova, Seles, Graf and garners a million in endorsements 35:15 You can’t tell Zina Garrison’s story without Ora Washington, Althea Gibson, and of course, Lori McNeil 43:00 How Zina was covered by the 1980s/90s sports media: poverty, insularity, and underachievement 53:40 What was it like to be a black woman in the 1980s WTA? 60:45 Zina’s post-career philanthropy and activism: the Zina Garrison Academy welcomes tens of thousands of kids, free of charge 72:00 Reflecting on what we learned, and Garrison’s place in the game
These are strange times for the world and for tennis. We look at the rolling cancellations, the narrowing possibility that tennis will be played at all this year, and the consequences for players, tournaments, and fans. James takes you through the complicated governing bodies of tennis - hopefully he's not the only one who enjoys it. Does anyone have a responsibility to support out-of-work players? We say yes, but who is in the position to help? We finish up with some fun: bored players getting creative on social media, things we like, and what's in the pipeline for us.   1:55 USTA says get off the tennis court 4:30 Wimbledon is officially cancelled in 2020, players see an opportunity for self-promotion 17:25 What are the chances we see any more tennis in 2020? What could be the impact of cancelling the 2020 season? 29:00 How can players support themselves during the shutdown? Sofia Shapatava’s petition 34:30 Let’s learn! The complicated organization structure of tennis 41:00 The national federations, governing bodies, media partners, sponsors, tournament owners. Who, if anyone, is responsible -- and who is able -- to support tennis players during this crisis? 53:20 Lightening the mood: players cut up on social media 67:00 The Thiem/Bresnik feud, Tatishvili retires 70:40 Thing we like & what’s next for The Body Serve
As promised, we’re back with part two of TBS Rewind. In this iteration, we take a look at some of the more serious topics and themes we’ve covered over the years, and reflect on what we think of what we said For the most part, we’re pretty proud of the work we’ve done, but James gets something off his chest that doesn’t sit well with him. We finish up by telling y’all about a couple things that we really really like at the moment.   02:25 Our mission statement/theme for the podcast 06:43 Why Andy Murray’s feminism still matters 22:24 USO 2018: What does it take for people to see blackness at play? 34:24 Revisiting Kevin Anderson’s comments to us about gays in tennis 39:56 One of our all-time fav bits: Helen Jacobs’ love letter 48:21 James corrects his record on our Colleen segment from 3 years ago 59:16 Riffing on equal prize money in tennis 71:49 Fandom as a fetish 78:44 Ending on a moment of levity: Things We Like!
Things are rough right now: there is no tennis, and the world is in panic mode over the COVID-19 pandemic, so we thought we’d bring a bit of levity to the proceedings. We dived into The Body Serve archives to find some of the more light-hearted moments we’ve had over our five year run. Some of the segments may be familiar, while you might be hearing of others for the first time (#NameTheTennisPlayer). Either way, we hope to brighten your day a bit. Be safe and take care of yourselves.      00:32 Tennis is a whole ass mess right now, Rolly G leading the way 12:02 Things that stick out to us as we go back and listen to old episodes 16:49 Stakhovsky’s bonermeter and wayward gaydar 27:20 Tennis Divas revisited: Diana Ross and Ariana Grande 36:40 A throwback dramatic reading by popular demand (Letter To Santa) 42:17 Thirst Trap Olympics: The devil works hard, but Stan Wawrinka works harder 53:10 #NameTheTennisPlayer is back! Five one-word clues, you guess the player 54:53 Bloopers (FINALLY): Spoiler, James cusses a lot 
We come to you on the heels of the huge tennis news that the Indian Wells event “will not be held,” has been cancelled, postponed, whatever. We are well and truly in the dark about what the tennis schedule will look like in the coming months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In short, we have no answers. But, we’re back to get you up to date as to what has been happening. After talking about ALL THAT, we get into the tennis results last week, the heinous International Women’s Day ATP video spot, before finishing with another TBS Mailbag.    01:58 The BNP Paribas event in Indian Wells has been cancelled 30:44 Results: Svitolina, Zvonareva, Leylah, Jack Sock and more 36:01 Do ATP players know any women other than their mothers?  42:02 Are we still going to Miami if the tournament is still on?  45:35 Taking a 'bathroom break' to compose oneself mentally after losing a set 49:05 The Body Serve goes country! Who do we like? 56:30 FMK 90s edition: Sampras, Agassi, Rafter 60:53 A pop culture diversion: our thoughts on handling the Sherry Pie RPDR mess 69:09 What the ATP can do to ensure its players treat WTA players as equals  74:14 Are we hopeful we’ll see an active, openly gay ATP player in the near future?
Maria Sharapova became the richest woman in sport, a 5-time Slam champ, and one of the most polarizing figures in tennis. We have not always been Masha proponents, but it's important for us to contextualize her excellent career, her clever self-branding, and the many contradictions and mysteries at the heart of Maria Sharapova, superstar. We'd be remiss if we didn't interrogate the textured relationship between Maria and Serena, and the complex racial and sexual dynamics that colored and drove their money, images, and matches. After that, we chat about the Persian Gulf swing (is that a thing?): Rybakina's 21 wins, Djokovic's 21-match win streak and Monfils' heartache, Sabalenka's huge performance in Doha, and Ons Jabeur's ever increasing confidence. We end with some mess, as is our wont.    :45 Maria Sharapova announces her retirement from tennis in an essay for Vogue & Vanity Fair - let's look at her vast influence and great career 10:15 It's complicated! Talking about the Great White Hope myth; the contradictions at the heart of Maria's sparkling image and her gritty, pugilistic game 18:15 Constructing a sex symbol out of an underage girl 25:25 Meldonium - how has it changed the way we talk about her career? 37:00 Results! Rybakina & Halep in Dubai, Garin in Rio, Felix in another final 41:30 Acapulco: Watson & 17-year-old Canadian Fernandez in final; Mexican Renata Zarazua stuns; Venus & Sloane do not 45:00 Doha (Sabalenka! Jabeur!) and Dubai (Djokovic at 21 straight wins!)  52:50 HEALTH: Roger gets surgery, Andy clarifies his injury problems 56:30 MESS: Nick takes his road most travelled (the low one), Naomi claps back, Youzhny writes a sonnet 67:30 RIP Jeanne Evert Dubin (1957-2020)
It's been a while since we last brought you a mailbag episode. They're fun to do, and we get to rely on our listeners to drive the conversation. Thanks to your thoughtful questions, we cover everything topics like the role of Tennis Twitter in the sport, things we'd change about the Slams, to opinions we've changed and our favorite Mariah songs. The questions mentioned below are only a sampling of the whole thing: 1:30 Which cities would you like to see host a tournament? (@ShaneBullen) 4:30 Why are tennis players politically silent compared to athletes in other sports? (@bloodbaymare); AND, how do we reckon with the "platitudinous non-voice voices" of the Big 3 with regard to the Margaret Court controversy (@perspicaciousam) 17:25 What thing, person, incident have we changed our opinions on? (@AnnaClxxmxnn and @DamianTerbiler) 27:30 Tennis journalists we like, plus a tangent 32:40 FMK: Drama Kings (@SholzTalks10s) 35:28 An anonymously submitted question for Jonathan 37:15 What do we expect from Clijsters' return? (@fabianigiraneza) 46:35 What behind-the-scenes stuff in tennis would people be surprised by? (@AfrikaMsanifu) 55:00 How important is Tennis Twitter to the success of the sport? (@theswingvolley) 65:50 An extended meditation on our favorite Mariah songs; and picking just ONE from MC, Whitney, and Aretha (@hextreat)
February is always a frantic time on the tennis calendar. We've just gotten back from a quick vacation in Mexico, and are readjusting to the Toronto winter and the podcast grind. This episode has recaps of Fed Cup and two weeks of tournaments; a segment on the recent anti-doping developments with Farah and Spears; the WTA's new permissive policy toward coaching, and many more odds and ends. 3:00 Fed Cup qualifiers: USA d. Latvia amid concerning play from Serena, Swiss d. Canada, Russia d. Romania, and other notables 10:15 A quick note on the Clijsters comeback 14:50 Catching up on results: Monfils wins Montpellier and Rotterdam back-to-back, Felix reaches 4th ATP final, Pospisil's great runs, Bertens d. Rybakina to win St Petersburg 23:30 New York Open, that was a thing that happened 27:45 WTA implements coaching from the stands 33:00 Las drogas, la carne, las vitaminas malditas; and, the economic context that makes lower-ranked tennis players vulnerable to bettors and PEDs 44:00 Harrison and Sock, and the Benjamin of wild cards between them 48:30 Larry Ellison, owner of Indian Wells, to host a Trump fundraiser! Ok!  50:25 Naomi Osaka announces Netflix documentary about her life
The 2020 Australian Open has mercifully come to a close and we’re back to complete our coverage of the decade’s first Grand Slam tournament. Your winners: Novak Djokovic, for an 8th time in Melbourne; and Sonya Kenin, who shocked the tennis world for her first Slam, beating #1 Barty and the resurgent Muguruza for the title. We’ve also got old-timers taking on Tennis Australia’s dithering on Margaret Court, while Novak and Roger played from the crease and were trapped in front lbw. What else? The Big 3 would like to speak to your manager, the Muguruza and Zverev comeback stories, and what men’s tennis might look like over the next few months.   02:18 Djokovic conquers an ever improving Thiem to win his 8th AO 10:44 The ATP through March, Zverev’s turnaround & other week 2 results 18:53 The Big 3 would like to speak to the manager....of the umpires 32:55 James is feeling a bit hamstrung by a tenet of our show 40:08 Sonya Kenin has got spunk! 54:07 Ash Barty, and her niece, cause all that conversation  60:26 Thomas Muster and Sam Sumyk have incredibly bad, forgettable fortnights 65:27 Martina and McEnroe protest Margaret Court, Novak and Roger remain feckless 74:47 Makarova retires, Delpo has knee surgery (again), and HoF inductees
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Jan 8th, 2015
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Oct 12th, 2020
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